Yoga for Arthritic Hands

  Yoga requires a lot of our wrists and hands.  Not grabbing or picking things up like we do in daily life, but a lot of weight bearing activities on our hands and wrists.  If that’s an arthritic hotspot for you, that’ a problem.   The infographic above covers a bunch of ways you can […]

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Meditating on Bees

I did a hive check today.  I hadn’t done a thorough inspection since I’d installed both my packages of bees.  The good news was my local hive split and my Russian hybrid bees both looked good with lots of brood. Here’s a nice picture of the Russian queen.  She still has her tag on so […]

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Yoga Sutra Journaling III.10 Tranquility

My sutra for classes this month is III.10 “The restraint of rising impressions brings about an undisturbed flow of tranquility.”  We’ve talked a lot about not responding to, or slowing down the internal negative thought stream we all face.  Tranquility can be a state we achieve with a little mental space or peace and quiet.  […]

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Issues with Essential Oils

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  Sometimes I feel like the only yoga teacher on the planet who doesn’t sell essential oils.  It feels like there was some mandatory association started somewhere and I missed the membership application.   In reality though, I choose to not associate myself with essential oils because of the populations I work with and the […]

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Yogi Mother’s Day

    A happy yogi Mother’s Day to all the mamas!  This is a picture of my grandmother holding my mom.  My grandmother passed some years ago and I miss her of course.  I think she was my biggest fan.  Last time I painted my house I was struggling with what colors I should use. […]

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20 Ways I Make Yoga Accessible

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  I use the phrase making yoga accessible multiple times on my website.  When you hear the phrase making yoga accessible you might think of helping people in wheelchairs to do yoga.  While I certainly do that in my classes at assisted living facilities, the idea is really much broader.  It’s about making yoga work […]

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Desiring Easter Bees

Last summer I wrote a post about the discipline of bees which you can read here.  It focused on the yogic principle of tapas.  I was reminded of the importance of this again recently when I went outside and out of habit did the headcheck to look over to the hives.  Except the hives are […]

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Building Resilience With Yoga

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                Resilience is about our ability to successfully adapt to stress and adversity.  Of course we all face challenges in our life.  Some we may handle with grace, and some cause us to cower and fail.  It is a life skill that each new curve ball presents us […]

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Arctic Animals Kids Yoga Recap

  We had a wonderful time at Arctic Animals Kids Yoga.  The kids had an amazing knowledge of the animals that live in the arctic environment.  We did two different flow sequences filled with arctic animals, explored some other animals inspired poses, did a polar bear ice flow swim, read a snow poem, practiced snowflake […]

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February 2016 BiblYOphile Yoga Book Club

BiblYOphile Yoga Book Club – February book – Hellbent by Benjamin Lorr HELL-BENT explores a world at the extremes of American yoga. Benjamin Lorr walked into his first yoga studio on a whim and quickly found the yoga reinventing his life. He was studying Bikram Yoga (or “hot yoga”) when a run-in with a master […]

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Jan 2016 Yoga Book Club – The Goddess Pose

  For our January Yoga Book Club selection, we’ll read The Goddess Pose by New York Times best-selling author Michelle Goldberg, where she traces the life of the incredible woman, Russian born Indra Devi, who brought yoga to the West—and in so doing paints a sweeping picture of the twentieth century.  Born into the minor […]

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Meeting The World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher

On Friday, I had the chance to meet and take a yoga class with Tao Porchon-Lynch, the Guinness record holder for the world’s oldest yoga teacher at 97.   She was a lovely woman.  I can only hope that a diligent yoga practice will allow me to age with such grace and dignity.  She says, […]

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The Perfect Yoga Sutra for Fall

Fall presents many opportunities to reinforce the yoga sutras in our practice. Harvesting fall honey last month got me pondering the opportunities for personally practicing the tenets of aparigraha* and got me thinking about how I might want to broach the subject with my students in classes. As a beekeeper, it’s important I manage my […]

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